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10 Best Arts Tools for Elementary

Art at the elementary level boosts kids' motor skills, senses, and imagination through singing, painting, dancing, playing, and other enriching artistic and expressive activities. By nurturing kids' artistic abilities and giving them ways to express themselves, kids gain confidence and think in new ways that aid learning more broadly.  To fire up kids' creativity, try these apps and websites that are sure to inspire kids to create and encourage them to keep at it. Choose from apps that focus intently on learning and practicing music, drawing, and storytelling, or have kids explore websites that will expose kids to art history and different styles of expression.

Easy Music - Give kids an ear for music Publisher: Edoki
Music-exploration app offers great balance of play and guidance
Grades Pre-K-2
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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HangArt: Play Hangman, Draw Pictures, Tell Stories Publisher: Literary Safari Inc.
Games, creative activities give 360-degree view of common sight words
Grades Pre-K-3
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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My First Classical Music App HD Publisher: Naxos Digital Services Ltd.
Inviting, interactive app makes learning classical music fun
Grades K-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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My Story Book Creator School Edition Publisher: Bright Bot
Sleek platform is a great artistic tool, intro to digital creation
Grades K-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Toontastic 3D Publisher: Google Inc
Flexible tool hands kids the reins for creative animated storytelling
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Robot Factory Publisher: Tinybop
Improve designs, collect favorites in robot creation sandbox
Grades K-8
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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MetKids Visit Website: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/metkids/
Whimsical, kid-friendly intro to the wide world of art
Grades 1-6
Type Website
Price Free
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Scribble Press - Creative Book Maker for Kids Publisher: Fingerprint
Terrific book creator encourages self-expression for all young writers
Grades K-5
Type App
Price $2.99-4.99
Platforms Android, iPad
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Wizard School Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Curated videos and creative challenges ignite active learning
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Paper by FiftyThree Publisher: FiftyThree
Beautifully designed digital sketchbook for any age
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Sketchbook Express Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Creation tools hook kids, connect them with global community of artists
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
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